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Mindfulness for Teens with Heart Conditions

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What is mindfulness?

Living in the Moment

Mindfulness is all about living fully in the present moment, without judgment and with an attitude of kindness and curiosity.

Learning to Breathe

It’s about breathing, noticing what’s happening right here and now, sending a gentle smile to whatever you’re experiencing in this moment (whether it’s easy or difficult) and then letting it go.

Anytime, Anywhere

You can be mindful anytime, anywhere, no matter what you’re doing.  It can be short (a few deep breaths) or a longer session.

Mindfulness for Teens with Heart Conditions

When you have a heart condition, you may have symptoms, like your heart beating fast, or feeling tired or anxious. Mindfulness can’t take away these symptoms, but you can train your brain to think about them less! It’s like turning down the volume on your symptoms.

How Mindfulness Helps

Watch a 3-minute video about what teens have to say about mindfulness.

Online Resources and Apps


Calm App

Get in the moment relief from stress and anxiety.


Headspace App

Meditation and mindfulness for any mind, any mood and any goal.


Insight Timer

A free meditation app with 200k guided meditations.


Mindful Mynah

Tools for mindfulness including mindfulness bell, widgets and more. 

Online Resource

Mindfulness for Teens

Free online meditation resource for teens.



Learn how your breathing rate affects your heart rate patterns and its affects on how your brain deals with stress.


Stop, Breathe & Think

Free one on one counselling sessions for eligible young people aged 8 to 21.

Online Resource

Tactical Breather

Also known as box breathing, this is used to help reduce stress. 

Examples of Mindful Exercises

    5-Count Breath

    • Breathe in to a count of 5
    • Breathe out to a count of 5
    • Repeat 10 times

    4-7-8 Breath

    • Breathe in to a count of 4
    • HOLD your breath to a count of 7
    • Breathe out to a count of 8
    • Repeat 3 times